Whats The Plan?

Editorial

geraldBy: Gerald Royster

So I recently have been seeing headlines that Elizabeth Warren has called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Honestly all I can do at the current moment is roll my eyes. For the last two years, there’s been a deep investigation into potential collusion and criminal activity of Donald Trump and his organization. In a short summary, there’s nothing to incriminate him. Though there are instances where things may seem morally wrong, or even examples of attempts at Obstruction of justice, there’s nothing there essentially. Of course there’s no telling what’s been redacted. But I wont go too deep into that. Essentially my point I’m trying to make is, if the democrats want to win in 2020, they’ll need a ba.

So far the only base I can decipher from the Democratic platform can be summed up as “At least I’m not Donald Trump..” Seriously that may work for some. For a lot of people who felt burned in 2016 that will be enough, but for a lot of independents, swing voters and those like myself who are against the two party system we’ll need more. For starters I consider myself a liberal, with libertarian and moderate views. When it comes to gun laws, I do believe in the 2nd amendment, but believe background checks should be mandatory and that those with certain mental health issues shouldn’t be able to obtain guns. So to say my political beliefs are a bit all over the place is an understatement. More times than not since turning 18 nearly 11 years ago, I’ve voted democrat or independent,or in the Maryland governor races Republican. (Big Larry Hogan Fan).But this election cycle where the mainstream media has tried using every scare tactic to sway us to the side of the Left, I’m left with one question… Whats the Plan?

I love this country. I was born on flag day, ironically the same day as the current President. I grew up wanting to be a marine or a police officer, somehow that whole plan got derailed and now I work in the private sector in IT. I always want our country to win, and always hope no matter who sits in the oval office that they will do what’s right for this country as a whole. We are a nation currently greatly divided, and honestly I think whoever runs needs to emphasize bringing the nation together. I’m looking for a candidate who has a plan other than simply getting Trump out of office.

Again speaking to all hopeful candidates what’s your plan?

  • What’s your plan on Health Care?
    • There are still tons without proper health care,and the price of medicine is going up seemingly everyday. Things people need to live are seemingly getting more and more unobtainable
  • What’s your plan on the nation’s deficit?
    • Currently as a nation we are at a $22 trillion federal deficit, and seemingly no solution in site. Our military spending is astronomical while, our roads, and bridges fall apart. Our country currently has millions living in poverty and without sufficient needs. Puerto Rico is still recovering from hurricanes, and lets not even talk about Flint Michigan.
  • What’s your plan on advancing science, renewable energy and environmental protections.
    • There’s no reason we shouldn’t be funding wind energy, and solar energy.  A simple drive through the midwest will show you just how much undeveloped land we have that could be used to build wind turbines and solar farms. Go out in the middle of the desert out west. Land’s there, and such a venture and investment would create tons of jobs for unemployed and under employed Americans.
  • What is your plan on immigration?
    • We need something more than a big ass wall that will probably be torn down in 40 years by future generations. We need to first and foremost stop separating families. In fact, those who have jobs in this nation and are benefiting, we should create a program where they can work to getting citizenship. Immigrants come into this country from all corners of this planet looking for a better life. Yes there are laws in place, and yes there should be channels that they have to go through, but at this point witch hunts and traumatizing kids probably isn’t the best way to go about this. But I digress, I want to see a candidate with a concrete plan. A wall wont work simply put, so what else is there?
  • What is your plan on Decriminalization of Marijauna and federal research advancement.
    • Look it’s 2019, and I can assure you a ton of people do it. Of course that’s not a big enough argument to legalize it, so lets break it down. For starters it’s safer than alcohol, if taxed and sold legally could help invigorate the nations economy, taking down some of that 22 trillion dollars in debt. Not to mention if we decriminalize and legalize marijauna, it’ll save money on law enforcement freeing up resources to fight the current opioid epidemic running rampant through the country.
  • What’s the plan on Student Debt, The cost of college, and the educational system as a whole.
    • It’s no surprise the cost of college is outrageous, where in a lot of cases those who graduate don’t even end up working in the field they studied for. Student debt is getting out of hand as those cost sky rocket. No longer do we live in the world of yesteryear where getting a summer job could pay for most of your school. No longer do we live in a world where a college degree guarantees you a job. We also live in an education system where teachers feel under paid, and undervalued, and where curriculum’s are virtually centered around testing. Common Core is a joke, yet it’s still in place, and while yes private schools and charter schools have their benefits, it’s not the norm and it’s not feasible to everyone. So why are we not paying these teachers? Why are we not preparing our children and future generations to compete in the future globalized world of tomorrow. Other nations are currently outpacing our children and sadly that may put our country as a whole in a position to be outpaced in the future. Just look at China if you don’t believe me.

Simply put as a voter in this country, I think it’s safe to say on behalf of virtually most of the nation that we just want someone respectable with a plan. I don’t care which side it comes from to be honest, it’d be nice to see the country be shaken up and have a third party independent come through and win it. It would be wonderful just to have someone with a concrete plan, and not loud banter and hollow promises. Of course asking for that is a huge feat in this country. Politics are built on broken promises and fear mongering… But it shouldn’t be that way. It could different, oh so different. Most Americans want the same thing, good jobs, good health, promise of a better tomorrow for their families, and peace of mind. Unfortunately there’s just a million different ways people believe that should be obtained.

I know what I’ve detailed sadly may seem ambitious in the current political climate, but it’s not unobtainable. So here’s hoping for a better tomorrow.

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Mueller Report Aftermath | How the Dems could win in 2020

 

Couchside is back ladies and gentlemen!!! Justin and Gerald discuss the attorney general Barr’s release of the Mueller Report Summary. No additional indictments are coming from the special counsel, and the special counsel found no collusion between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian Government. A discussion is also had about what the mainstream media and Democratic Party should be focused on going forward, compared to where they’re at right now.

2020 Profiles: Tulsi Gabbard

By:  Justin Holden

Tulsi Gabbard has served as U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district since 2013.  She’s a Democrat and U.S. military veteran that is currently serving on the House Armed Services Committee.  On January 11th of 2019, Tulsi Gabbard announced that she would be seeking the Democratic nomination for President in the upcoming 2020 election.  While Tulsi Gabbard may seem like a relative unknown to many people who don’t follow politics closely, she has some appeal to the left-wing voter base of the Democratic Party thanks to her progressive voting record and being one of the few elected politicians to support Bernie Sanders early on in the 2016 Democratic primary.

Tulsi Gabbard has been the target of recent criticism for anti-LGBTQ views that she held in the past.  However, Tulsi Gabbard’s voting record in congress has been objectively pro-LGBTQ, so she seems to have evolved on the issue of gay marriage and other LGBTQ rights issues.  There have also been questions raised from the left as to her position on the U.S. government using torture to gain intelligence.

Tulsi Gabbard has received additional criticism, particularly from the corporate media and Washington establishment, for her foreign policy views.  Tulsi Gabbard is anti-war, anti-regime change, and generally speaking critical of the status quo interventionist approach that the United States has been taking to foreign policy decisions for many years now.

Tulsi Gabbard met with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in 2017, and she’s against removing him from power.  Tulsi Gabbard has stated that you must meet with leaders all around the world, regardless of their background, in order to achieve peace.  However, she’s been hammered by the corporate media and Washington establishment for meeting with Assad in a similar fashion to the way President Trump was criticized for meeting with brutal dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong Un.

Tulsi Gabbard’s Key Policy Positions

  • Proposed the use of paper ballots during elections as a potential solution to mitigate risk of foreign interference in U.S. elections
  • Supports “Medicare For All” single-payer healthcare system
  • Advocates for raising the federal minimum wage
  • Supports removal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan
  • Supports raising taxes on the rich
  • Supports decriminalization of marijuana on a federal level

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While there is currently limited information on this candidate’s official presidential campaign website, you may want to check back periodically as the 2020 race rages on.  Tulsi’s entrance to the 2020 presidential race further crowds the field for the Democratic primary, while figuring to give the left-wing voter base another progressive candidate option.

https://www.tulsi2020.com/

2020 Profiles: Richard Ojeda

By:  Justin Holden

Richard Ojeda (D-WV) is one of the first confirmed presidential candidates on the democrat side to challenge Donald Trump in 2020.  Of course, Ojeda will first need to win the nomination through the democratic primary process, which won’t be easy.  It’s still early on as of the date I am writing this article, but we expect a crowded field of democrat presidential candidates for 2020, and only one of those candidates will emerge victorious as the party’s presidential nominee.

Ojeda is a relative newcomer to the political scene.  He’s been West Virginia’s state senator from the 7th district since 2016.  Ojeda won West Virginia’s 3rd congressional district democratic primary in 2018 by winning more than 50% of the votes in a field of four candidates.  Ojeda went on to lose in the general election to Republican Carol Miller.  However, Ojeda did receive 43.59% of the vote in the general election despite the fact that Carol Miller’s campaign had significantly more money and the district heavily favored Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Ojeda’s backstory is an interesting one.  He’s a United States military veteran that has names of his fellow soldiers that died in battle tattooed on his back.  Ojeda felt compelled to run for public office upon his return from military duty, because he truly believed that many of the children in his hometown had it worse than the children in Afghanistan.  Ojeda is regarded as a progressive candidate.

Ojeda’s Policy Positions:

  • On Immigration:  Supports DACA and a pathway to citizenship.  Does not support a border wall with Mexico.
  • On Healthcare:  Supports a medicare for all system where every U.S. citizen, regardless of their employer or background, will be on the same healthcare plan.  Additionally, cracking down on “big pharma” is a major element of his campaign.
  • On Gun Control: Describes himself as “pro 2nd ammendment”, but also supports universal background checks and closing “gun show loopholes”.  Does not support an assault weapons ban.  Views mental health as a major factor in gun control.
  • On Abortion:  Position is unclear.  Describes himself as “pro-life”.  However, he recently stated on a TYT Network interview with Cenk Uygur that he supports a woman’s right to choose and that he’d like to increase planned parenthood spending.
  • On Campaign Finance:  Wants to get corporate and special interest money out of politics.  Has advocated for mandatory body cameras on lobbyists.  Has a unique pledge in his campaign asking that anyone elected to federal public office donate their entire net worth over $1 million to charity; once out of office, cap their annual income at $250k.

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For additional information on Richard Ojeda and his presidential campaign, you can check out his website and YouTube channel:

https://voteojeda.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXxOxYVc4FK8QtU0cboYnMw

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         In the next two weeks LitTube will be going through some changes to enhance the way we get content out. For starters we will be purchasing our own domain which will allow us to have a permanent home here on the internet. We will utilize the new site to post videos, merchandise, and more articles than ever before.

Speaking of articles, it has long since been a personal dream of mine and I’m sure I can speak for the LitTube family as a whole, to create a site where people of all walks of life, backgrounds and affiliations can come and get information and discuss said info. We have reached out, and have numerous writers of different political, occupational, educational, and athletic fields. In the next two weeks their articles will become a staple here on our new site.

We will also be posting our videos to the new site, and Youtube as well, with hopes that one day the site is the primary source of LitTube video content! Yes you also read that correctly that we are in the works of creating merchandise, and selling it straight from the site. This include an apparel line as well.

Within two weeks –WeAreLitTube.com– will be a fully operating website with new content coming out all week! We are so grateful for all your support over the last two years from both the day ones to the yesterdays. It’s what keeps us going! Look out for new content and updates in the next few days!

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Another Monday, Another Government Shutdown…

geraldBy: Gerald Royster

Another Monday, Another government shutdown has come…

Once again we see that the two party system is not working in this country. This current historical shutdown is brought to you by a government that is controlled by one party through the Presidency, House of Reps, and Senate, which in itself looking at it at face value seems almost daunting to say the least.

IMG_1024I was texting fellow LitTube members  Justin and Mario this morning, nothing out of the ordinary honestly, but then it hit me as I was watching the news from my Tablet, how is it with all this technology the people don’t have more of a voice, how is it with all this technology that we have these government shutdowns?

Now you’re probably sitting there wondering What the hell I’m talking about, which is find, allow me to explain…

Before I begin and go in depth how about a little back story. As most of our regular readers and fans know I work in the tech industry for one of the biggest tech giants in the game! In the last half a decade since I was hired, I’ve seen advances in technology that have blown my mind, I’ve seen how much our society relies on technology. More importantly I’ve seen just how accessible technology is. I was born in 1989, and my house did not have internet until 2001. There wasn’t that much of a dramatic need for it until then honestly. It is now 2018 and those days have changed, where internet, technology, and data has virtually been fully integrated into our society. We do so much on the web and through our technology, which is why the FCC trying to deregulate internet is such a big issue for us. Even as you read this, you’re probably on your smartphone, on a tablet, or on your computer. You probably accessed this very article from the WordPress, Facebook, or Twitter app where this very post has been shared. You are the biggest evidence in my following point.

So lets get down to business…

As I prowl social media, engaging with the public, and researching, I’ve heard one common denominator from all sides: Lack of trust in the way our government is ran. Youimg_8954 can’t go more than one political Facebook post without someone complaining about how corrupt a politician is, or about how they just can’t get along, or how they personally don’t feel heard. It’s something that I even feel personally.  We vote out of necessity and hope for a better tomorrow. We vote hoping that the suit that’s elected to office will give a damn about our individual needs and do what’s best for us. We are selfish and honestly that’s fine! When it comes to the law of survival, self-preservation is key! I want someone in government to represent me and to do what’s best to my personal beliefs, and in hopes it makes the Country a better place. That’s all fine and dandy. Now this is where my article travels down the fantasy path so let’s strap in.

img_8959          Most of you have iPhones, or Android. Some have Microsoft phones; other may just have a tablet or a basic computer. Nonetheless most have technology. Imagine a world where you did have an actual voice. What if your actual vote mattered? Not saying your vote does, but what if the vote you casted had a direct impact on what happens. That’s the world I dream of: A full democracy.

Now we’re at the point of the article where you’re starting to think I’ve gone mad. Most of the people in this country have some type of device. Something that connects to the internet, let’s be honest, most of these devices are overpriced, so if need be img_8958subsidized devices could even be given to the less fortunate. Imagine an app, and we’ll call it “AmeriGov”. It’s an app in this imaginary Democracy where every issue is posted. Polls are open for a particular period depending on importance and issue. Citizens would use their fingerprint, or social security number, or some type of identifier to let the app know they are a registered citizen to cast a vote on key issues in this country.

img_8962Personally I believe it would cut out a lot of corruption that goes on in our system of government. By using a full democracy, and putting the power into the literal hands of the people, corporations, and businesses would have to respect people. For example, if an oil company wants to run a pipeline through a town out west, due to the power of the people, that company would have to meet with the citizens of that state or town and come to an agreement, then that agreement would be voted on. End of the story.  Another example would be the case for legalization for marijuana. Why not have a national vote to see what if that’s what the people want.

img_8975To a lot of people this can be an intimidating process, and to those in power this may never happen… But I see polls on television all the time on social issues ranging from subjects of Abortion, to Marijuana Legalization, to the death penalty. And in a lot of issues I may not always img_8977agree with what the public result of that poll is, I honestly respect it a lot more then when a majority of the People of this nation agree on something, but when Congress passes something, or decides on something in a different direction. It feels like a slap in the face and can leave a lot of people disenfranchised, and feeling like their votes don’t count. How many times have we seen just in our lifetimes, the popular vote go one way, and the Electoral College go another way.

The point I’m really trying to make is simple… Even with this most recent Government img_8955img_8956shutdown soon coming to an end, it’s an indication that this country has serious issues in the way it’s run. It may be a pipe dream to envision a nation ran by the voice of the people, and not by the wallets of corporations. We have people who represent us that have been in office since the img_89611970s and earlier. It was never intended for a seat in the House of Representatives, or Senate to be a job you can retire from. That to me seems like a slap in the face of the Constitution. If Presidents have term limits, then no doubt our Congress should as well. No we don’t have a full democracy, it’s a beautiful dream and definitely would force people to pay attention to the issues, but we do still have an obligation to vote…

img_8979The last government shutdown happened in 2013… It’s now 2018, and there are still on both sides too many familiar faces…

Edited by: Mario Meza